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Sunday, March 20, 2011


My big kids all tucked out after our move to Georgia
The definition of a choice is: an act of instance of choosing; the right, power or opportunity to chose.

In life every day we make choices. We chose to get out of bed. We chose to eat or not to eat breakfast. We chose to stay home with our kids or go to work every day. We chose to be happy in our life circumstances. We chose.

Our Heavenly Father gave us choices and He lets us chose for ourselves which option is best for us. But what happens when a choice someone else makes effects our lives, for the bad? What happens when a wrong choice is made and the consequences directly effect you?

This happened to someone I care deeply about recently. Someone in her life made a choice that will effect her life eternally. She did not make the choice, but the choice made will dramatically change her life. All was not lost.

She did not have to wallow in self-pitty and despair. She did not have to feel this kind of pain all on her own. She was able to realize this choice was not her own, that it was not her fault. She was able to pick herself up, hug her baby, and know that there is a reason for her trial.

How was she able to do this? She has the Atonement in her life. She knows that our Savior paid the price for the sins of this world, but that was not all He did. He prayed in the Garden of Gethsemane for everyone and everything. He bled from every pore and felt all of pain, agony, sadness, but He also felt our happiness, our joys, our triumphs, our excitement. He felt it all and in the midst of her pain and agony, she got comfort. She was able to hand this trial, a trial she has because of choices someone else made, over.

She does not have to face this trial alone. Even though I am one of her best friends, there is nothing I could say or do to make this hardship lighter. She needed to use the Atonement in her life. She needed to use the power of prayer in the name of Jesus Christ to confide in her Father in Heaven. He is the one who sent the Holy Ghost to bring her comfort and in her case, strength.

Because our Father in Heaven was willing to send His son to earth to be crucified for us, we have a person we can go to who understands what we think, feel and need. He is what brought peace and again happiness to this dear friend of mine.

It is hard when choices others make effect our lives in bad ways. But the Atonement is real. It works. It is there for us to use. Use it. Get on your knees and pray. You will feel its power.


  1. Beautifully worded. It is amazing how the power of the atonement can help heal even when the heart is so deeply aching. Thanks for your thoughts Jennie.

  2. Your friend is lucky to have someone who cares so deeply and is hurting with her. Bearing one anothers burdens is one of the sincerest forms of charity. I am sure she will need you to bouy her up for a while with your strength in faith and testimony of the Atonement. Long suffering is another essential piece of pure charity, as the lessons and blessings are sometimes a long time coming. Continue to seek solace in your prayers and it will come. I have testimony of that truth. Love to her and you, from me.

  3. Very well said. I also know the atonement brings peace and comfort if we allow it to work in our lives.

  4. Thanks for your sweet testimony, Jennie. It is amazing how often the Atonement is only considered as a way to receive forgiveness of our sins. So often we overlook the fact that the Atonement entails all you said in your blog: our happiness, excitement, worries, fears, etc. Thank goodness for our Savior...someone who TRULY knows all of the feelings we feel and can give us the ultimate comfort in our lives.


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